The company is also pointing people to correspondence it has had with the Federal Trade Commission that offers assurances about privacy issues related to the yet-to-be-implemented Book Registry, which will be operated by the publishing industry. Google has previously resisted calls to make clear commitments because many of the services at issue won't be designed until after the settlement is approved.
Jane Horvath, Google's global privacy counsel, reiterated that principle in a blog post on Thursday.
Nevertheless, the exceptional resistance Google has encountered from Amazon, Microsoft, and privacy groups has prompted the company to fill in some details about its future plans.
Horvath also offers assurance that the Book Registry will have to use appropriate legal processes to seek information from Google, just like any other company or government agency.
What Google doesn't address is differing legal standards and processes for seeking digital information from service providers and general business records, not to mention libraries. A Google spokesperson has suggested that the company would like to see information demand rules harmonized but if the company is lobbying along these lines, its efforts haven't been made public.
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